A new season of American Idol premieres Wednesday with a revamped judging panel and a few new rules. But what many fans will be watching for is the feud between new judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj that has come to light over the past few months.
Does American Idol have a "deep throat" among its ranks?
An explosive new novel, Elimination Night, written anonymously, claims to have “first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of a top TV talent show." Billed as a “satire in the vein of The Devil Wears Prada,” the 281-page work of fiction tells the story of a young woman who's privy to the behind-the-scenes insanity of a hit series.
It's been a long lingering issue on America's most popular singing contest: the "white guy with guitar" phenomenon wherein in the last five American Idol winners -- David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips of seasons seven, eight, nine, 10 and 11, respectively -- are all known for their six-string-based sound, with a hint of singer-songwriter troubadour and aspiring rock star thrown into the mix.
Life on the road can make a man forgetful. Take, for instance, former American Idol judge Steven Tyler, who mistook Oklahoma City for Wichita, Kan., in a radio interview this week with syndicated host Bobby Bones.
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest joined former judge Steven Tyler and Idol cohort Randy Jackson onstage for a spirited jam session with Aerosmith at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City Thursday night.
"Ryan Seacrest is in the house!" exclaimed Tyler, who coaxed the 37-year old television producer, donning a very un-rocking Navy blue suit jacket -- on stage with the band and Jackson towards the end of their cover of The Beatles' iconic hit, "Come Together."
"It's almost that time of year America," intones American Idol fixture Randy Jackson in the third of a series of commercials touting the show's return this January.
The clip, set to debut during tonight's Major League Baseball World Series match up between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers, features all four judges, including Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, and Keith Urban, playing up the theme of dreams coming true.
"There are 7 billion people in the world...but there's only one."
So begins the new commercial promoting American Idol and Season 12. The ad, which features a countless sea of hopefuls, also gives plenty of facetime to judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Randy Jackson, and finally, Ryan Seacrest, who promises, "The show that started it all is starting our best season yet."
The Fox show will return in a two-night event, beginning Jan. 16.
Kelly Clarkson premiered her new single, "Catch My Breath," on Ryan Seacrest's morning radio show Wednesday morning -- one week before the song officially becomes available for airplay and digital download.
Almost immediately after Nicki Minaj joined Mariah Carey on the American Idol judges' panel, the gossip media mill began churning out headlines that the two divas were allegedly at each other's throats.
It's hard to believe a decade has gone by since Kelly Clarkson was crowned as the original American Idol on Sept. 4, 2002.
It was then that the cocktail waitress from Burleson, Texas emerged victorious over runner-up Justin Guarini in a voting contest that was a "58-42" split, according to Ryan Seacrest.
She was the people's choice then, and the people's choice now. Clarkson is the embodiment of the perfect pop star. Her unmistakable pipes are a powerful presence in top 40 and country, with forays into anthemic rock and dance. She has been invited to mentor on other singing shows (The Voice), helmed her own reality show (Duets) and even has a film credit (yes, we are referencing From Justin to Kelly).